What with the recent articles here on tree-climbing dinosaurs and dromaeosaur tails it seems appropriate to post this image, taken in a German museum (but unfortunately I can’t remember which one: let me know if you do). I don’t know anything about the mount, but I guess that the people behind it wanted to present the idea that dromaeosaurs might have been in the habit of climbing on their prey during acts of predation, an idea since discussed more seriously by Manning et al. (2006) (although they proposed that the sickle-claws actually functioned as climbing crampons)…
Incidentally – I’m hardly the first person to say this – but I think the whole ‘dromaeosaurs were macro-predators’ thing (depicted here) is often overdone in the literature and in reconstructions. Giants like Utahraptor were, no doubt, in the habit of dispatching large prey, but the idea that Deinonychus made a living by killing adult Tenontosaurus and nothing else misses the point that large predators eat an awful lot of small and mid-sized prey.
Anyway, am busy busy busy here in the run-up to SVPCA, and mostly occupied in ‘research time’ by azhdarchids and their avian analogues. It will all be over all too soon.
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Manning, P. L., Payne, D., Pennicot, J., Barrett, P. M. & Ennos, R. A. 2006. Dinosaur killer claws or climbing crampons. Biology Letters 2, 110-112.